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Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest-Growing Faith
     

Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest-Growing Faith

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by Robert Spencer, David Pryce-Jones (Read by), Nadia May (Read by)
 

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Were Osama bin Laden and his followers perverting Islam when they claimed to find sanction in the Qur’an for their attack against the United States? Does the explanation for the grim human rights record of Islamic countries lie in basic Muslim beliefs? Perhaps most importantly, can Islam create successful, secularized societies that will coexist peacefully

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Were Osama bin Laden and his followers perverting Islam when they claimed to find sanction in the Qur’an for their attack against the United States? Does the explanation for the grim human rights record of Islamic countries lie in basic Muslim beliefs? Perhaps most importantly, can Islam create successful, secularized societies that will coexist peacefully with the liberal, multicultural world of the West?

In this important study, Robert Spencer probes the Qur’an and other sacred documents, Islamic traditions, history, and present-day Middle Eastern conditions to find out why the world’s fastest growing faith tends to arouse extremism. A student of the religion for the last twenty years, Spencer has written a captivating and carefully researched work that asks the hard questions about Islam and gives the hard answers.

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ISBN-13:
9780786193325
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Edition description:
Unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 Hours Running Time
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 4.92(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.

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Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions about the World's Fastest-Growing Faith 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its very true. I am a muslim from Iran and I have read the koran. I regret to say that its all true. I am ashamed of my belifs....
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book's cover displays a chilling photograph of the eyes of Mohammed Atta, one of the Islamic terrorist hijackers involved in the September 11 2001 atrocities. A fitting lead into this study of Islam and the underlying hatred behind these and other acts of terrorism. The writer has been a student of Islam for some 20 years and tries to explain without bias, what he personally declares as some of the misconceptions surrounding Islam. Whilst I might not agree with everything that the book contains, it is very well written and an extremely useful reference for those wishing to study these issues. The book states at the outset that most Westerners know very little about Islam and had little or no idea of the depth of hatred and hostility facing the West prior to September 11. The writer proceeds to declare that whilst the very many innocent Moslems should not be held guilty by association following these terrorist attacks, the likes of Osama bin Laden and co. actually meant precisely what they said & far from being extremists or perverters of Islam, they actually interpret Islam's tenets correctly. The book addresses how for many decades, endless incidents of violence, murder & terrorism have been publicly declared as `having nothing to do with Islam'. Claims still being echoed by senior Western politicians who blindly insist that Islam is a `peaceful religion' ignoring Islamic calls for worldwide domination and the destruction of the West and Israel. The book stating that to bracket Islam and peace is just wishful thinking with reference to the Islamic fighting against it's neighbours along the perimeter of the Islamic world, citing the violence against Hindus in India, Communists & Buddhists, Chinese, Jews and some `Christian' entities. Islamic `tolerance' of other religions is also studied with reference to the Quranic statement that `anyone who converts from Islam to Christianity deserves to die'. Numerous incidents are mentioned where those refusing to convert to Islam have been instantly executed on the spot. Amongst the many other issues addressed are the distressing treatment of women & how they are victimised under Shariah or Islamic law plus the appalling human rights record in the Islamic world. Slavery still surviving in some Islamic countries such as Sudan, Saudi Arabia & Mauritania, together with the still present dhimmi status attached to non-Moslems who are still regarded as second class, inferior citizens. There is also an analysis of why the Islamic region is such a fertile breeding ground for violence. Looking into the Islamic mindset, we see how many modern day Moslems are being fed on a Quranic diet of anti-Jewish/anti-Western diatribe. The book studies the incentives and fervour behind Islamic homicide/suicide bombings, citing the rewards for such actions outlined in the Quran under Sura 56; 15-24. An example is quoted of a 11 year old Palestinian youth publicly declaring to his class-mates, '...I will make my body a bomb that will blast the flesh of Zionists, the sons of pigs and monkeys...I will tear their bodies into little pieces and cause them more pain than they will ever know.' -His classmates responding 'Allah Akhbar (God is great)' and his Palestinian teacher shouting, 'May the virgins give you pleasure!' Speaking with a deep concern, I consider that this book is valuable in alerting people to the dangers of Islam which have impacted our lives and will no doubt impact our lives even more in the near future. There are two reasons which we must all be knowledgeable about this religion. Despite what many people say, what politicians and the media profess, Islam can here be seen as indeed a religion of war and bloodshed & that it is intent upon world domination. This is confirmed throughout many sections of the Quran and Hadith, the two main literary sources of Islam. To blindly ignore this, irrespective of how honourable the motives might seem, invites disaster. Might I respect
Guest More than 1 year ago
Highlights many very seriously troubling aspects of Islam. Lots of sources, good historical perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The critics of those who warn that Islamic terrorists' political philosophy are largely faithful to the text and history of Islamic doctrine, were they intellectually honest and not blindly and mindlessly obsessed with political correctness and fanciful and unrealistic notions of "inclusion" in the face of such a grave threat, would be hard pressed to deny the evidence set forth so cogently by Spencer in this book. After learning about the truth behind the text of the Koran and other Islamic doctrine, and placing it in historical context, it becomes obvious that in contrast to other religions like Christianity, which without question have had their dark sides both in doctrine and practice, the difference is that the textual provisions pertaining to violence (most notably death to nonbelievers) in the Koran is absolutist and largely devoid of any mollifying language that can be used to interpret the faith in a broader context (contrast the old and new testaments: "Eye for an Eye" vs. "If one strikes you offer him the other cheek") Of course, the blatantly biased and "inclusion/tolerance" conscious liberal media will NEVER tell you this disconcerting reality about this religion and the modern crisis that is spreading across the globe as a result of its absolutism, intolerance and anti-individualism. That is why all Americans MUST read this well researched and virtually unassailable book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Islam Unveiled looks at Islam from the point of view of a reasonable person trying to make sense of the Koran and other important Islamic writings. While the historical examples are wide ranging and fascinating, it is the beliefs of Muslims - not their actions- that take centre stage. The author explores different traditions of Islamic interpretation. While some reviewers are using Islam Unveiled as a springboard for their own opinions about Islam or Christianity, the book itself patiently finds the areas where the two religions do in fact have irreconcilable differences. Islam Unveiled is tremendously informative, and benefits immensely by being not a book of answers, but rather, as the title says, a book of excellent questions. This is an extremely well-documented book. The author says flat out that the Muslim culture has made contributions of great beauty to the world. He is very clear on the fact that he does not think all Muslims are terrorists. But the west can't engage in wishful thinking and imagine that we can be indifferent to fundamentalist Islamic groups around the globe. Reformist Muslims have an uphill fight. This book shows why!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Jeff" is way off base. I wouldn't be surprised if he hasn't even read this book. There is nothing racist or hateful about this book. There is nothing in it that says anything like "all the Islamic people are really out to kill all of us Americans." Everything comes straight from Islamic sources, raising serious and thought-provoking questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An overview of Islam that explains where the overlooked and uncomfortable facts of that religion come from. It includes fascinating stories. Most importantly, it shows how easily the core elements of Islam give rise to terrorism and violence. It's not a popular thing to say right now, but believe me, the governments of Turkey and Egypt know how right this book is and are constantly on guard against threats by their fellow Muslims.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clearly these people who are slamming this book as racist and hateful haven't read it, and that's why they can't come up with even one substantive objection. This is a careful, well-researched, balanced, and thoughtful presentation of some important issues regarding Islam today. It is a useful corrective to the PC distortions and half-truths that are so widespread about Islam, and that are exemplified by the Booknews review here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If anyone wants to understand what real Islam is all about he or she needs to read this book instead of watching main stream media's representation of an Islam that does not exist. Mr. Spencer thank you for your hard work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought Kennith R. Timmerman did a good job with Preachers of Hate, but Bob Spencer truly did some research here. The truth is often times hard to face, but face it we must. All men are created Equal, but not religions. No wonder The Democrats don't want to fight, Islam is the oppressor they have been praying for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The writer goes out of his way to show Islam and Quran as very different from Christianity and Bible. This is the best defense 'Islam Haters' has been using for centuries. Nothing new here. Just re-packaged propaganda against Islam. In truth, Judiasm, Christianity, Islam all show the way towards God, each taking a different path. See my recomendation on related titles
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very informative. Mr. Spencer shows what Islam teaches in a clear and concise manner. You could just take the easy route and listen to Tom Brokaw or Dan Rather...This book tells the truth instead. You will not be sorry you bought it. FIVE STASRS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all!Not every muslim out there is a terrorist,Most of you ppl come into our lands thinking to know us and find our ways but no matter living your life through our ways seeing like us wont mean exactly you know it clearly.For all those men and women who went out there saying in the sake of Islam their going to kill themselves for ALLAH.They did wrong...But doesnt mean ppl have the right to say all muslims are terrorists.Know our religion and thinnk in positive ways before so quick to judge.Have a mind of your own and see not only was it the arabs or muslims who did all these things...look into it more dont just listen to what everyone says or points to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is spreading like wildfire through evangelical churches with all the typical misunderstandings about Islam. What the writer does not disclose is how Islam has different sects,with different degrees of strict lifestyles vs moderate lifestyles.This radical Islam is but a small portion of the Muslim world. Another falsehood found in the book is the writers belief that all Muslim men are terrorists and all women are beaten down oppressed objects. This book is pure sensationalism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While attempting rather poorly to portray his positions on Islam as impartial, his tone and rhetoric smack of venomous bin-Laden-like fundamentalism like that of Pat Robertson. Although a whole book is required to unveil Spencer's vitriolic assault on Islam, one example for purposes of this review will suffice. In "The Wahhabis" section, he first writes a whole page about the truth of Wahhabism. However, Spencer then says: ¿But the problem of Islamic terror is not simply the problem of the Wahhabis.¿ The problem is that nobody is saying that non-Wahhabi militants do not exist. They certainly do but their adverse effects in comparison are in no way near the adverse effects of Wahhabism, largely because of the large-scale international financing it receives from the Saudi monarchy and other rich non-monarchial Saudis. Muslims say, as Stephen Schwartz says, that Wahhabism is the ¿main form of Islamic fundamentalism¿ -- not the only form. Moreover, Spencer says, ¿There are disquieting signs that Muslim terror is much broadly based. It is precisely the Wahhabis¿ claim to represent pure Islam that has inspired Muslims groups from North Africa to Indonesia ¿ and gives the Wahhabis and their spiritual kin resilience and staying power.¿ Indeed, Wahhabism has ¿inspired Muslim groups from North Africa to Indonesia,¿ but this still points to Wahhabism as the main source of ¿inspiration¿ for other militant groups ¿ mainly "salafi" groups that follow most of the Wahhabi interpretations of Islam. Spencer's words are many but without substance. Spencer then talks about Omar bin Bakri bin Muhammad, founder and leader of the extremist group, Al-Muhajiroun. He says: ¿Sheikh Omar is no Wahhabi; in fact, he calls the Wahhabi king of Saudi Arabia ¿the pirate ruler of the pirate state of so-called Saudi-Arabia.¿ The information presented by Spencer is insufficient to make such a conclusion as he does without providing the evidence to substantiate his claim. Sheikh Omar does not condemn the Saudi king because of his Wahhabism, but primarily because in his view he is Islamically unfit to rule. Not once in a book by the Al-Muhajiroun on Saudi Arabia do they condemn Muhammad ibn `Abdl-Wahhab, the founder of Wahhabism, or his favorite role model and predecessor, Ibn Taymiyah. Spencer conveniently misses these crucial points. Spencer then says, ¿Nevertheless, his organization had no trouble declaring its sympathies for bin Laden.¿ Spencer fails to clarify this contradiction to the reader ¿ why Omar, who Spencer alleges is ¿not Wahhabi¿, is condemning the Wahhabi king of Saudi Arabia, but not the Wahhabi Osama bin Laden. The answer is twofold: First, because Omar and bin Laden both share the common understanding of rejecting the pseudo-Islamic government of Saudi Arabia because of their un-Islamic ways and wish to replace it with a "true" Islamic government. Second, Omar Bakri and Bin Laden share many Wahhabi interpretations of Islam ¿ what Spencer fails to note. Although Omar Bakri may not follow all of the interpretations of Wahhabism, such as in matters of the caliphate (khilafa), he nonetheless conforms to many Wahhabi interpretations. To any Sunni Muslim, Omar Bakri is a Wahhabi regardless of what Spencer (or Omar Bakri) thinks. Before going through some of the similarities between Omar Bakri¿s views that mirror Wahhabism, it behooves one to note that Spencer fails to mention that his group does not represent orthodox Sunni Islam nonetheless. If Spencer had done a little bit more research, he would have known that mainstream Sunnis not only reject Wahhabism as heretical, but also Al-Muhajiroun and Hizb ut-Tahrir, of which he established a branch earlier -- but later splintered from it. Now, to the similarities: Al-Muhajiroun¿s on-line pamphlet available on their website states that "Tawheed" consists of 3 parts ¿ "Uluhiyah," "Rububiyah," and "Asm¿au al-Sifat." This is what wahhabis believe and what they have adopted from Ibn Taymiyyah, the role mode
Guest More than 1 year ago
the ignorance represented in this book is like nothing i have ever heard . i am not talking about the book being politicaly incorrect. iv read many things that are not considered "politicaly correct" and i have agreed, but this book has giving amunition to those who wish to degrade a religion that is so often misinterpreted by those who fear and fail to understand it. you may ask am i dening the fact that there are fanatics who "practise" Islam. my answer is obviously no, but that is not a reflection of the actual religion the belifes of the terrorists are missiterprations of the Quran not everything in the quran should be interpreted at face value Islam is a complex religion subject to interpratation and i can say without a shadow of a doubt that the Religion i have study is far diffrent than the one in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very appropriate for hate mongers among us. For the rest of us, there are more appropriate books on Islamic philosophy or Sufism. But if you want to hate one fifth of the humanity through manipulated lies, this book will be appropriate for you. Thank God(Jesus, Allah, Bhogoban etc) or rather Starbucks that I didn't buy this type of lies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is pure nonsense. Spencer has little knowledge of Arabic or Islamic tradition. Instead, he pulls Qur'anic verses out of context and searches Islamic history for anything that can be interpreted negatively. His conclusion? Islam is an evil religion whose purpose is to kill Americans. Americans complain about anti-American hatred in parts of the Muslim world, but tolerate anti-Muslim hatred of this type. Pure hypocrisy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. I can't believe I wasted my money on this book. Don't make the same mistake. If you're able to think on your own, this book is a pathetic waste of time. This "author" couches his hatred for the Islamic religion and people in scare diatribes about how all the Islamic people are really out to kill all of us Americans. This book is just a repetition of the prejudices which exist in our society, and are propagated every day by our mass media. This guy pulls a few references from the Koran out of context - very much like the anti-Christians pull stories out of the Bible to show how barbarous Christianity is. Both arguments are equally ridiculous and dangerous.